Sixhills Double Monastery
Community ID
 
993
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Lincolnshire
 
Modern Location
 
Sixhills
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Date Founded
 
1148-1154.
 
Date Terminated
 
1538
 
Religious Order
 
Gilbertine
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded by the Greslei family, the community also received gifts from the brother-in-law of John I. Robert, founder of Swineshead Abbey, or his son also contributed to the foundation. S. Thompson lists William, son of Hacon, and Edith, his wife as probable founders and questions the foundation by a member of the Greslei family (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 229).

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Gladys, daughter of David, prince of Wales. She was placed there by Edward to live here in 1283 after her father was executed. Edward provided £20 a year for her maintenance.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 120 females and 55 monks in the 12th century. There were 11 canons in 1377, 5 in 1381, and 28 religious in 1462. In 1538 the house was surrendered by the prior and 7 canons, the prioress and 14 nuns being included with them in the pension list (Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales, 172).

 
Dependency Of
 

May be a dependency of Sempringham, but further research is necessary to verify this as fact.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Jocelin , brother-in-law of John I.

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

Prior held numerous parts of knights' fees. The community produced 18 sacks of wool annually.

 
Relative Wealth
 

The community was quite rich.

 
Assets/Property
 

It held numerous manors in Sixhgills, Ludford, Legsby, etc. and a market. In 1254 the income from spiritualities amounted to as much as 66 pounds; temporalities to as much as 100 pounds; by 1300 as much as an additional 75 pounds.

 
Income
 

The community derived its income from the churches of Sixhills, Nettleton, Saleby, East Rasen, etcetera. In 1535 the community's net income was over 135 pounds.

 
Litigations
 

Prior held numerous parts of knights' fees. The community produced 18 sacks of wool annually.

 
Literary Works
 

Robert Manning of Bourne was living at the monastery when he wrote "The Story of England."

 
Early Documents
 

(12 th)

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Foundation date : in the age of Stephen.

 
Admin. Notes
 

[V0804]
qqq--quite rich?
Assets/Properties--does this make sense? spiritualities and temporalities and their worth???

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1148
 
Date Finished
 
1538
 
Length
 
1595